home / Tori Stories
Tori talks about Jesus
Doing it with a priest never got me off, they wash it so often. But doing it with Jesus, now that is something else. Most Christian women would be trained to think that even this thought is blasphemous. But I say that's a load of bollix. That's how women are paralyzed, disconnected from the source of their own power, by religion. I've nearly always believed that Jesus Christ really liked Mary Magdalene and that if he was, as he claimed to be, a whole man, he had to have sexual relations with her. So in my deepest, most private moments I've wanted Christ to be the boyfriend I've been waiting for. And a lot of Christian girls have a crush on Jesus. I may have felt guilty at the thought of wanting to do it with Jesus but then I say why not? He was a man. [Hot Press (Ireland) - 1992]
The concept is that Jesus Christ, through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit experienced life - the human form. Well, what I find quite inexplicable is that he could suckle at a woman's breast yet not soil his dinky by having sex! How's he supposed to experience life at the level of his dick, for Christ's sake! That's the Church's core denial of sexuality, right there, alongside the idea that Mary could give birth without "doing it." It's absurd. So when I say I want to "do it" with Jesus Christ it's not just that I want to sexualize Jesus, bring him down to our level, I want to breathe the earth into his lungs. He came from Heaven and we, as women, come from the earth. So it's the idea of soil beneath the fingers, the notion of, "If this blood is sacred, then drink it." That's what it's all about. [Hot Press (Ireland) - February 23, 1994]
What Jesus was really saying was, "It is within you." There are things that I would disagree with Jesus about - and I feel really good about that. That's how it should be. Respect Him to go His way and I'll do my thing. I mean, if you want to go and sit out in the desert for 40 days, knock yourself out. But I'm going to go and get some pizza. And I'm not less of a person because of it. I'll help old ladies across the street, too. There is a level where humans have been taught that they are so unworthy and incapable. What I try to inspire in my work is that we are capable. That energy force is within, and we're all connected to it. I believe completely in the Great Spirit. I'm not a part of institutionalized religion because it's a controlling force that just keeps you powerless, and it keeps you away from what's really going on. You're just plasma walking around making a lot of noise. [Illinois Entertainer - August 1994]
Oh, it's all so damn silly. What, like we're supposed to believe Jesus didn't have sex? Come on. And his teachings are supposed to be less valid because his dinky had a sleeping bag somewhere. It's ridiculous.
I'm not interested in anybody on this planet who wants to scare me into thinking that my soul is in jeopardy. It has absolutely no effect on me… You know, Paul Bowles's writings, he reduces a person to his barest, he breaks them down to their most human level, and shows you how easy it is. Anybody can make you do stuff to yourself. But if there's an acceptance of yourself, then no matter what anybody does to you, you can say, "I'm doing the best I can," and of course I'm gonna scream if you stomp on my toe, but so what? What have you proved?
I can't have discussions about it anymore, I just can't. When someone asks me if I've found Jesus, I say, "Yeah, I saw him at a Nirvana concert a couple of years ago." It's like, Jesus has got things to do, he's got a ten o'clock. He's not going to fix things for me, I have to fix things for myself, so I try and have a sense of humor about it and nobody finds my humor very amusing. We've just got to lighten up on the savior bit, folks. You know, get off the cross, we need the wood. [Spin - October 1994]
I was sitting there with my parents last Christmas Eve, hearing all these songs about Jesus. I began to see how the world has viewed his birth - with that came the death of the goddess. To me, he was part of the goddess - peace, love. Christian mythology is so rich. Before they changed the Catholic ceremony there was much more metaphor, but the whole idea of the 'son' of God came and there was no place for the Goddess. Yet with what Jesus taught, there was a complete balance of male and female in his being. [Making Music - January 1996]
If I weren't a preacher's daughter, I could see myself starting the New Order of the Nazarenes. But I saw the shadow of the Christian Church, and the problem with all religions, especially the big four, is they don't choose to look at their shadow, their dark side. So I'm a real little vigilante against all that. And it's something so deep within my being, it's in every cell of my body. I think there are some really great things in Jesus' teaching, but Jesus is nothing to do with what has been created. [Request - June 1998]
The Christians think they're the only ones - when they say God, it's their God. I don't see the divine force as these religions. I think these are all demigods... I don't hate Christians. I just have a problem with what they haven't claimed - the dark side of Christianity... If Jesus were alive today, he certainly wouldn't be a member of the Christian church, because, in the name of God, there's a lot of blood on the ground. And correct me if I'm wrong, but that isn't exactly "Love your neighbor as yourself." [Jane - October 1999]
t o r i p h o r i a
the World of Tori Amos